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Santa’s sitting down on the job

With just two weeks until Christmas, the special requests are starting to come fast and furious for Santa Claus as he greets youngsters at the Franklin Mills mall. Santa listens to what Charlotte Codd, 6, has to say during a Thursday morning chat about her Christmas wishes and the exciting day that’s just around the corner. 


Focus on family time during the holiday bustle

(StatePoint) — The holidays are a time for family and friends, new traditions and old. And many parents may look forward to the school break as a time to bond with their children. 


Suspects sought in Mayfair bank robberies

Robbers struck at two Mayfair banks in  about two hours last Wednesday, according to Philadelphia police and the FBI, who seek the public’s help in identifying the culprits.


After the election, it’s all in the numbers

City Councilman Brian O’Neill enjoyed a comfortable re-election victory last month, but an examination of the numbers indicates that it’ll be a little bit of a tougher fight in four years.


It’s music to their ears

A generous donation from a financial giant strikes the right chords at a charter school.


More Catholic schools could be closed for good

On Jan. 5, Catholics will celebrate the feast day of St. John Neumann, who served as bishop of Philadelphia from 1852-60 and founded the first Catholic diocesan school system in the United States.


Detectives name Northeast’s most wanted

The Philadelphia Police Department’s Northeast Detectives Division is seeking the public’s help in locating the following most-wanted suspects in connection with crimes in the Northeast:


Father Judge sickness remains a mystery

Normal activity resumed at Father Judge High School late last week, but the investigation into a hazardous materials scare at the school on Dec. 4 and 5 has revealed little about the cause.


Ex-firefighter dies; faced trial in road-rage slaying

Gerard M. Shaffer Sr., the former Philadelphia firefighter facing murder charges in connection with an April 2010 road-rage incident in the Far Northeast, died suddenly last week.


Burglars find window of opportunity in Lower Northeast

The 15th Police District’s crime statistics show most crimes are down or running about the same as last year, says the district’s commander, Capt. Frank Bachmayer.